fredag 17 juni 2011

Inget growlande på Opeths nya album Heritage



Opeth har uppenbarligen haft en sittning för utvalda journalister (som jag inte blev inbjuden till!) där den nya skivan "Heritage" spelades. Lite valda delar från denna händelse har letat sig ut på internet. Noterbart är att Mikael Åkerfeldt helt övergett growlandet och dödsmetallen vilket både är chockerande och intressant. Informationen hittas i den här finska artikeln men eftersom jag inte kan finska så får jag lita på att vad som skrivits på Prog Archives stämmer.

  • It was played in 5.1 surround system and according to the writer the mix was good although he's usually not a fan of playing rock in other than stereo format. Åkerfeldt himself said "I first heard the record today and I didn't know they were going to play it to the media in surround. I had my doubts, but the end-result made me have goose bumps"
  • It's about 56 minutes long.
  • Draws to mind Black Sabbath, The Beatles, jazz, King Crimson, Cream, Rainbow, Pink Floyd, funk, Deep Purple, Piirpauke, classical, My Dying Bride, folk, Love, Jethro Tull, Iron Maiden.
  • No death metal parts or growling.
  • No modern style of "wall of guitar tracks".
  • Lots of keys, piano and mellotron are featured. Some intros include clarinet and contrabass.
Artikeln avslutas följande:

"We aren't concerned about other people's opinions", Åkerfeldt stated. "If fans of death metal can't enjoy this, that's their problem".
The band leader also said that he had grown tired of extreme metal already in the 90s, but couldn't explain why the previous record still included death growls.
"I have wanted to make a record like this since I was 20", Åkerfeldt said and added that making it would not have been possible without the metal roots that brought them success.
The journalist also says: "In any case, some metal fans will have trouble with Heritage, but if your hopes are more in the 70s, this album can only work. This is probably safe to assume after a single listen.

The first 7 songs are insanely good, the other 3 a bit less so.




Som om inte detta är nog så läser jag på Blabbermouth att fusiontrummisen Alex Acuña, som spelat med Weather Report, gör ett inhopp på "Heritage". Ett stort steg må jag säga och jag gissar att en hel del metalfans kommer att gå i taket när de får höra plattan men personligen så är jag mer nyfiken än någonsin.

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